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Jan 31, 2010 08:22 PM

pizza near 44th & 5th

Any decent Pizza places in this area or short distance away have been to Johns, Lombardis, Patsy:s.Grimaldis, De Faro,Artichoke, Joes, visiting from SF just want a good casual place for pizza one night where I haven't been. thanks

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  1. for something a little "different" you can try Two Boots - it's Cajun-Italian. the crust is dusted with cornmeal and they offer Cajun-inspired toppings and other menu items. the location in Grand Central is probably closest for you (there's also one in Rock Center).

    but if that's too "out there" for you and you still want to go someplace you've never been, how about heading down Fifth Ave to Otto? you can search the board for reviews. it's farther away, but you've already tried the good ones nearby.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      I really dislike the pizza at Two Boots....and I think the pizza at Otto is not worth traveling for at all.

      Naples 45, on 45th/Park, makes a pretty good pie.

      1. re: gutsofsteel

        Don Giovanni on 44b/w 8th and 8th makes a good pie.

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          Naples 45 is the best you'll do in that neighborhood.

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            @gutsofsteel, i have a question about your opinion of Two Boots pizza - is it because you only really enjoy traditional NYC-style pizza, or do you dislike it for what it is? i'm not trying to stir up trouble, i'm genuinely curious.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              I really don't like the crust, I don't like the spicing either. I just don't like it. I enjoy different styles of pizza - I just don't like the Two Boots pizza. And also I dislike the cornmeal business.

              1. re: gutsofsteel

                understood. the one time i had their pizza (Bleecker St. location) i was about 17 years old and 3 sheets to the wind, so for all i knew they could have served me a slice of cornmeal-dusted cardboard. i just figured since it is a popular place i'd offer it as a suggestion for something different.

        2. Naples 45 is pretty good for midtown. You can give Lazzara's a try as well, a bit further of a walk though. Most of the better places are further downtown as you probably know already.

          1. i'm glad KT and boccalupo chimed in to suggest Naples 45. it's been *many* years, so i had forgotten that when i worked in the are that was typically the default choice for decent pizza.

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            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              What am I, chopped pizza? :-) I suggested Naples 45 at the top of the thread.

              1. re: gutsofsteel

                mea culpa...i didn't see your response at the top. but i'd say you're more like ground cornmeal ;)

            2. I worked in the Pan Am building for years and came to know the pizza at Naples 45 well. Our company used to order it for late night work sessions so we didn't have to pay for it. And we *still* didn't like it. We thought it was underflavored and didn't like either the cheese or the sauce. I realize that personal tastes varies but since I've had pizza from Naples 45 about twenty times I think my dissenting opinion is legitimate.

              We stopped ordering from Naples once we discovered nearby Little Italy pizza. It's classic New York pizza of a style that used to be common and now is increasingly rare. The crust has a little bit of tussle to it but it isn't brittle. Both the sauce and the cheese are good and they offer a wide range of toppings.

              The atmosphere isn't great. It's brightly lighted and there's plenty of formica around. But if you go at lunchime there's a line out the door and down the street. People vote with their feet. (It's much quieter in the evenings.)


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              1. re: Bob Martinez

                I agree with Bob - Little Italy pizza is the best option in the area. I have worked nearby for over 5 years and this is the only place we go for pizza at lunchtime! Always fresh (at lunch anyway) and the sauce has great flavor. Slightly thicker crust than the usual pizza places mentioned here but I like it that way. Good "grandma slice" too.
                Note that there's no where to sit, only a counter against the side wall.